Full Marvel Movie Release Calendar
A complete list of upcoming Marvel movies, from Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange to Avengers: Infinity War and beyond!
We've got everything you need to know about the upcoming Marvel movie schedule all in one place. The Marvel superhero movie plan now stretches all the way to 2020. The amazing thing is, it's even more ambitious than we anticipated, with new movies getting announced all the time.
We've compiled as much information as we can find on every Marvel movie coming out in the next few years in a handy release calendar for you. This is where you can check out all the details on Marvel Phase 3 right here.
But now it's on to the new Marvel movie release schedule! Here goes…
May 6th, 2016: Captain America: Civil WarRobert Downey Jr. is joining up with Captain America 3 in order to bring the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the brink of Civil War. Joe and Anthony Russo are back as directors, with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely writing. Nearly everyone who has ever been an Avengers will make an appearance. Spider-Man will make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut, too.
There's an official synopsis for this one, too:
Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.
We're pretty sure that Captain America: Civil War will have a ridiculous impact on the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We wrote more about that right here.
November 4th, 2016, Doctor Strange
Marvel is betting pretty heavily on Doctor Strange, with Benedict Cumberbatch now set to star as Stephen Strange. The movie also stars Tilda Swinton as Strange's mentor The Ancient One and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Strange's rival, Baron Mordo. Mads Mikkelsen is the film's big villain. Scott Derrickson is directing, from a script by Jon Spaihts.
Here's the official plot synopsis:
Doctor Strange follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.
We expect good things from this one, too.
May 5th, 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
James Gunn will be back to direct the sequel to the most unlikely superhero hit of recent years. Recent plot details indicate we're going to meet some very important new characters in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Yes, that's the real title.
We're just waiting for that new soundtrack…
July 28th, 2017: Spider-Man
Spidey entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a seismic event. We'll first meet Spidey in Captain America: Civil War, but this will be his first solo outing onder the Marvel banner. We don't know much about the story yet, other than that it will focus on a high school aged Spider-Man, feature villains we haven't seen on screen before, and have a “John Hughes” vibe.
Tom Holland will play Marvel's new Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Marisa Tomei will play Aunt May.
Drew Goddard, the man previously set to helm Sony's Sinister Six movie, was once mentioned to write or direct this one, but the job ultimately went to Jon Watts (Cop Car). John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation) will write the script.
November 3rd, 2017: Thor: Ragnarok
For the record, when folks talk about “Ragnarok” in Norse mythology, it usually isn't a good thing. This should be, by far, the biggest of the Thor films. No director or writer announced yet, but we know that Loki will return for this one, and that's a good thing. It's a film that could conceivably take Thor off the playground for a bit, but it could, as a long shot, also set up the female Thor currently running in Marvel Comics. There's also an excellent Thor: Ragnarok comic you should probably seek out.
February 16th, 2018, Black Panther
Finally! T'Challa is coming to the big screen, and he'll be played by Chadwick Boseman. Marvel is beating its Distinguished Competition to the punch with an African-American headlining a superhero movie by about three years. He'll first be introduced in Captain America: Civil War, and just over a year later, we'll see his first solo adventure.
“It's a big geo-political action adventure that focuses on the family and royal struggle of T'Challa in Wakanda, and what is means to be a king. T'Challa's story is very important to us as it links to the next Avengers films, which is why we brought it forward.”
The Black Panther is a fascinating character, whose exploits can be as high-tech as Iron Man's or as high-adventure as Indiana Jones. We provided a few helpful suggestions for stories Marvel should take a look at for the movie right here.
May 4th, 2018, Avengers: Infinity War Part 1
Well, we always had a feeling that Thanos couldn't be contained by one movie…now we know the truth. Avengers 3 and Avengers 4, here we come! The Russo Bros. will move directly from their directing duties on Captain America: Civil War into this one, which begins shooting in 2016. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are writing.
We get the feeling, though, that Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 is going to have to do some heavy lifting in terms of introducing characters and concepts from Captain Marvel and The Inhumans films, before these things carry over into Avengers: Infinity War Part 2. We went into much greater detail about what this all might mean right here.
July 6th, 2018 – Ant-Man and The Wasp
Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne will return, marking the first female superhero to have her name in the title of a Marvel movie. It looks like Peyton Reed will return to direct. We'll get you more details as we hear them.
May 3rd, 2019, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2
The story that's too big to be contained in one movie. We figure the team will get their asses handed to them in Part 1, but by the time the Inhumans and Captain Marvel join the fight for part two, things will be a little different. Once again, we direct you to this detailed unpacking of the Marvel Comics stories that the Avengers: Infinity War saga might have to draw on for inspiration.
March 8th, 2019, Captain Marvel
It seems likely that Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 is going to introduce Carol Danvers (assuming we don't see her sooner), a character who will become the cosmically powered Captain Marvel. Her origin story would make a fine superhero film, and Captain Marvel has the kinds of power levels necessary to take on a threat like Thanos. If you're going to make the leap with a female-fronted superhero film, a character with a power set more impressive than Wonder Woman is just be the one to do it with.
Nicole Perlman, who famously helped develop Guardians of the Galaxy for the screen, is pairing with Meg LeFauve (The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, Inside Out) to write the Captain Marvel movie.
July 12th, 2019, Inhumans
We knew this was coming, we just didn't know when. Inhumans characters and concepts are already being introduced on Marvel's Agents of SHIELD TV series. For one thing, though, the Inhumans may help take the place of mutants in the X-less Marvel Cinematic Universe, and we'd be surprised if Thanos' arrival isn't also met by the Inhumans in some form, before we meet them for real in their own movie. There's also the tantalizing possibility that Peter Quill's father is one of their ranks…
If you'd like to know more about The Inhumans, who are admittedly some of the more far-out concepts Marvel offers, we have a guide to their most essential stories right here.
May 1st, 2020 – Untitled Marvel Movie
July 10th, 2020 – Untitled Marvel Movie 2
November 6th 2020 – Untitled Marvel Movie 3
Your guess is as good as ours about these untitled Marvel movies, so feel free to speculate away down in the comments!